BEIJING – China on Monday apprised that it had never recognized the “so-called Arunachal Pradesh, illegally/unlawfully occupied on the Chinese territory”.
Zhao Lijian, Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, while giving a regular briefing, apprised that Beijing’s position on the eastern section of the China-India boundary and China’s Southern Tibet was “consistent and clear”.
In response to a question about the five civilians who went missing from Arunachal Pradesh days ago, he apprised: “Regarding the specifics you cited, I am not aware of it now.”
The Chinese and Indian soldiers in recent times engaged in the most serious border clashes since they fought a war in 1962, leaving as many as 20 Indian soldiers died during the fight.
Beijing had blamed New Delhi for the happening, calling the actions by Indian border troops “infringing and provocative”.
The disputed border between China and India covers nearly 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles) of the frontier that the two countries call the Line of Actual Control and that stretches from Ladakh in the north to the Indian state of Sikkim in the northeast.
The two countries have been trying to resolve their border dispute since the early 1990s but could not succeed yet.